DECYCLE /   Unknown

Urban Art, Street Art, Graffiti, Stencil

December 25, 2014

DECYCLE is an anonymous street artist. He was interested in art since he was a child, especially Graffiti, but never had any formal art education. His beginnings in Street art were developed at home, on his apartment wall with a stencil and a spray paint. Soon his walls were filled, so he decided to try his luck on the streets.

Art as Social Benefit

DECYCLE works with templates that he prepares at his home, and then hangs them in the streets. For him, this is a good alternative to spraying, as paste-ups do not constitute property damage, but only a misdemeanor. He even uses organic glue so that the images can be quickly and easily removed. He considers his art to be a general social benefit, because he believes that he is presenting art to everybody, even to the people who never visit museums or galleries. Even though his art takes after that of Banksy’s, politics is not what drives DECYCLE’s artworks. “In contrast to stencils, street art or art in general, my paintings don’t necessarily convey any message, neither artistically nor politically or socially. The primary purpose is to create pictures I personally like. A welcome side effect is to reach people without any interest in art, confronting them with art in places where they wouldn’t expect.” About his art, and his process of creation, he adds: “Sitting in front of my cutting mat and creating stencils from the pictures in my mind is my way of meditation.”

DECYCLE - StreetArtMeeting, 2014 - Image Copyright Decycle
DECYCLE – StreetArtMeeting, 2014

A Man with a Rope

DECYCLE has also worked on a public buildings. He has done a paste-up of a man wearing a suit and a rope binds instead of a tie around the neck (titled Down to Business), and taped it to a bank. It was removed the very next day, but he succeeded in his intention of making a statement. His art has become increasingly popular in recent years. His paste-ups that were formerly barely noticed, are now constantly photographed wherever they appear, and photographs are sold for considerable sums of money.

Left - DECYCLE - Down to Business, Cologne, 2013 - Image Copyright Pink, Image source Street Art Hunting - Right - DECYCLE - Down to Business, Berlin, 2012 - Image Copyright Street Art Berlin
Left – DECYCLE – Down to Business, Cologne, 2013 / Right: DECYCLE – Down to Business, Berlin, 2012

DECYCLE has also collaborated with other street artist’s. He has worked in Berlin with Plotbot, and in other cities with the artist Kurznachzehn. He has participated in numerous shows and most prestigious art festivals in Berlin and Düsseldorf. His works have been exhibited all over Germany, but also in Norway and Indonesia, as well.

DECYCLE currently resides and works in Ruhr, Germany.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group 
2014Dirty Works V30works, Cologne, DEGroup
2014Streetart Cologne: Show & Book ReleaseDie Kunstagentin, Cologne, DEGroup
2014Urban Art ClashBerlin, DEGroup
2014Street Art Meeting - Winter EditionUrban Spree, Berlin, DEGroup
2014STROKE 2014Munich, DEGroup
2013CityleaksCologne, DEGroup
2013Cityleaks30works, Cologne, DEGroup
201340° urban artDüsseldorf, DEGroup
2013Stroke artfairMunich, DEGroup
2013Urban Art ClashBerlin, DEGroup
2013Stencils onlyPrettyPortal, Düsseldorf, DEGroup
2013Dirty Works IV30works, Cologne, DEGroup
2013Pencil & StencilSold Out Gallery, Bochum, DEGroup
2012Major RazorGardu House, Jakarta, IDGroup
2012Prints & EditionsPrettyPortal, Düsseldorf, DEGroup
2012Street SmartBergen Kjøtt, Bergen, NOGroup
2012N.A.T.U.R.-FestivalUrban & Ecological Festival, Bochum, DEGroup
2012Silence is a lieSEZ Berlin, DEGroup
2012ArtbaseUrban Art Festival, Berlin, DEGroup
2012Stencils OnlyPrettyPortal, Düsseldorf, DEGroup
2012Urban ExpoPrettyPortal, Düsseldorf, DEGroup
2012Paint & BeerAmsterdam, NLGroup
2011ArtbaseUrban Art Festival, Berlin, DEGroup
2011Urban ExpoPrettyPortal, Düsseldorf, DEGroup